Ventura County

Beach Cleanups!

COVID-19 UPDATE: All volunteers must also follow Surfrider Covid precautions including social distancing and wearing masks while signing in and while under and around the Surfrider Tent. Scroll to the bottom of this page or check out our calendar to sign up for our next cleanup!

If you would like to perform a solo beach cleanup, that opportunity is still possible! It is crucial that we still log data to track pollution on our beaches even if it is not in a group setting. Please follow the directions in the guidelines. Questions? Email beachcleanups@ventura.surfrider.org.

To sign up for our monthly C Street Cleanups, scroll down or check out our event calendar. Stay tuned to our Instagram, Facebook, and/or monthly e-newsletter for further updates. Thank you!

Group Beach Cleanups (We’re Back!)

Surfrider hosts beach cleanups at three locations in Ventura County: Rincon Parkway, Ventura Promenade, and Ormond Beach. Click Here if you are interested in hosting a private cleanup for your business or group. Most of the items collected at beach cleanups are plastic that don’t truly biodegrade. It is important to host cleanups because we want to help protect the coastal wildlife that we love! Below you will find how to sign up, what to wear and where to park

2022 BEACH CLEANUP SCHEDULE:

Ventura Promenade/California Street

Sign up by filling out the TWO liability waivers and join us! Typically, we are out between the Crowne Plaza and Aloha Steakhouse on the Ventura Promenade on the FOURTH Saturday of the month; however, in September, November, and December we will be out there the THIRD Saturdays. Join us from 9am-11am. Bring your own water and close-toed shoes. We will supply buckets, grabbers, and gloves.

Trash totals by year:

  • 2019: 2,624 volunteers picked up 4,410 lbs. of trash including 26,950 cigarette butts
  • 2020
  • 2021: 283 volunteers removed over 240 lbs of trash!
  • 2022: Stay tuned

Please fill out both the Surfrider and City of Ventura waivers. Be prepared to show your confirmation emails at the check in tent (either printed or shown on your phone). 

DateSign Up!Waivers To Fill Out
January 22, 2022Click hereSurfrider Waiver / City of Ventura Waiver
February 26, 2022Click hereSurfrider Waiver / City of Ventura Waiver
March 26, 2022Click hereSurfrider Waiver / City of Ventura Waiver
April 23, 2022Click hereSurfrider Waiver /  City of Ventura Waiver pending
May 28, 2022Click hereSurfrider Waiver / City of Ventura Waiver pending
June 25, 2022Click hereSurfrider Waiver / City of Ventura Waiver pending
July 23, 2022Click hereSurfrider Waiver / City of Ventura Waiver pending
August 27, 2022Click hereSurfrider Waiver / City of Ventura Waiver pending
September 18, 2022
Coastal Cleanup Day!
Click hereSurfrider Waiver / City of Ventura Waiver pending
October 22, 2022Click hereSurfrider Waiver / City of Ventura Waiver pending
November 19, 2022
Third Saturday: Holiday schedule
Click hereSurfrider Waiver / City of Ventura Waiver pending
December 17, 2022
Third Saturday: Holiday schedule
Click hereSurfrider Waiver / City of Ventura Waiver pending

Where to park at California Street – The Surfrider tent and check in is located where California Street meets the Promenade. The Crowne Plaza Hotel has graciously offered free valet parking for volunteers! Please mention Surfrider beach cleanup when you arrive and tip when you leave.

Additional parking is available at the multi-level parking structure, but they charge and we do not validate. There are a couple of free parking options within a short walk. The free parking on Paseo De Playa often fills up quickly, but the free parking off Front Street typically has space, then you can take the walking bridge over the freeway to the promenade.

Respect the Rincon Parkway

The Respect the Rincon Parkway (RRP) team joins together as a community of all ages to keep the 14-mile parcel of Rincon coastline clean for marine life, ecosystems and for both present and future recreational and commercial users.

Respect the Rincon Parkway reflects the diverse community of people who want to protect our local waters and coastline. Join us where the land meets the sea. RRP Beach clean ups are every second Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. For more information, contact Joy at rrp@ventura.surfrider.org

Ormond Beach:

2022 Update: We do not currently have any scheduled cleanups for Ormond, stay tuned for updates. Email chair@ventura.surfrider.org for any questions related to Ormond Beach

  • Dates are seasonal. These typically occur from October-February to avoid disturbing nesting shorebirds. Learn more about the nesting endangered shorebirds on Ormond Beach here
  • To date, we have remove 47,747 lbs of trash with the help of 1,177+ volunteers!
    • 2022 Totals: Stay tuned!
    • 2021 Totals: 458 volunteers removed over 22,000 lbs of trash
    • 2020 Totals: 719 volunteers removed over 30,000 lbs of trash 
  • Check out our Coastal Cleanup event at Ormond Beach here

For all beach cleanups, please wear:

  • Comfortable clothes
  • Closed toed shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Masks (if transmission levels are still ranked high in Ventura County and the pre-registration link requires masks)

Please remember to bring your own water and snacks! At the Ormond Beach cleanups, water bottles and small snacks will be provided, but be sure to bring your own if you have dietary restrictions.

*Pre-­registration is not required unless your group is larger than 25 people.* If you plan on bringing a group larger than 25, please email us with how many people you expect at: beachcleanups@ventura.surfrider.org

Volunteers under 18 MUST have a parent or guardian present at the beginning of the cleanup to sign a liability waiver before the minor can participate. You can download the waiver again, pending. We will provide all supplies, but volunteers are always welcome to bring their own work gloves, trash bag/bucket, and/or reusable water bottle to reduce waste.

Please be prepared to fill out a data card of all the trash you pick up. We need this information to help find solutions for the main sources of trash on our beaches! Check out what we found in 2015 and 2016.Here is some more information about the most common sources of microplastics and plastic pollution, check it out before you go to log your data!

Thank you for your interest in helping keep our beaches clean. Look for the Surfrider tent when you arrive at a beach cleanup to check in!

*If there is weather such as heavy rain or strong winds, we will post any cancellation updates to our Facebook page here.*

January 2022

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  • Respect the Rincon Parkway Beach Cleanup
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  • Ocean Friendly Garden Workday at Loma Vista Elementary
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  • Ocean Friendly Restaurant Committee Meeting
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  • CANCELED Monthly Beach Cleanup at Ventura Promenade/California Street
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